When it comes to travel sandals for kids, you want to make sure they do double duty so you’re not bringing your kids’ entire closet on vacation. From tiny sandals for babies to stylish slip-ons for teens, these kids’ sandals are made for exploring.
Best Travel Sandals for Babies
1. Neband Summer Sandals
These baby sandals are durable, offer a rubber sole, and are just plain adorable! The Neband Summer Sandals also come in a wide variety of colors and styles, from neutral tones to pastel hues with a faux rose on top.
2. Koshine Baby Sandals
The Koshine Baby Sandals feature a rubber sole that makes them safe and convenient for travel, and an adjustable Velcro buckle means you can easily pull them off when baby gets fussy. They come in three sizes for babies (0 to 6 months, 6 to 12 months, and 12 to 18 months) and a variety of colors and styles, including this adorable leopard print.
Best Travel Sandals for Toddlers/Little Kids
3. Carter’s Shark Light-Up Sandals
Your little one will be ready to dance to “Baby Shark”—wherever your travels take you—with these shark-themed travel sandals that light up! Kids will also be comfortable thanks to the padded insoles.
4. PLAE Sam 2.0 Steel
It’s a sandal and a sneaker in one! The PLAE Sam 2.0 Steel offers sole and toe protection from the elements, and is machine washable. Also fun for kids: the shoe is customizable, with interchangeable Velcro straps (shoe comes with matching straps; additional straps are available for purchase).
Best Travel Sandals for Big Kids
5. Chaco Big Kid’s Kid Z/1 Ecotread
The Chaco Ecotread sandals are built for every adventure, and they’re comfortable, too, with the company’s signature LUVSEAT™ platform that promotes healthy body alignment. These sandals are also machine washable. Choose from a variety of colorful patterns.
6. L.L. Bean Kids’ Explorer Sandals
The toe bumper on the L.L.Bean Kids’ Explorer Sandals means toes will be safe from injury, and quick-drying effects make these sandals great for water adventures, too. Bonus: L.L.Bean’s unbeatable warranty means if the shoe doesn’t fit, or if your kid just doesn’t like it, you can either mail the shoes back or bring them to a local L.L. Bean store—no questions asked.
Best Travel Sandals for Tweens
7. adidas Slide Sandals
Did the adidas Sliders ever go out of style? These tried-and-true sandals are perfect for travel—especially beach vacations! They’re also available in a wide variety of unisex styles. We especially love the adidas ‘Adilette’ Slide Sandal.
8. Earth Shoes Linden
Fashion meets function in these cushioned shoes with arch support. The Earth Shoes Linden are the perfect combination of style and sensibility. Choose from four neutral colors.
Best Travel Sandals for Teens
9. Sperry Seaport Flip Flop
Whether you’re headed for a coastal clambake or the big city, your teen will feel cool and comfortable in this preppy classic. The Sperry Seaport Flip Flop comes in Navy Leather, Platinum Leather and Washed Red Leather and features a memory foam footbed and rubber sole. (In other words, you’re going to want a pair of these, too.)
10. Birkenstock Sandals
Birkenstocks are back and here to stay! These classic, comfortable sandals are great for everyday wear on vacations and at home, and come in a variety of styles, colors and designs to match with any outfit (so your teen can’t complain she has nothing to wear). Not sure where to start? Check out the trendy Gizeh line.
Andrea Guthmann is a Midwest Emmy award-winning freelance journalist, mother of three and Master Gardener. Her travel stories have been published in the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Parent, Daily Herald, Cruise Critic, Midwest Living and more. She enjoys sailing Lake Michigan and visiting the world class museums and restaurants in her sweet hometown, Chicago. You can find her on Twitter or Instagram @AndreaGuthmann, or on her own website, Garden Trippin’.